WIC is the special nutritional program that provides: nutrition education and counseling, FREE nutritious foods and formula, breast-feeding support and counseling, immunization check-ups, referrals and recommendations for addressing family well-being concerns.

Regarding the latter, WIC enjoys coordinating cooperation with many other agencies in Erie County.

WIC has been in Erie County since 1973 and continues to operate under the UNFHCC (United Neighborhood Facilities Health Care Corporation).

Who is eligible for WIC Benefits?

Pregnant and lactating women, infants and children to age 5 with a physician-certified nutritional deficiency, or medical problem may be eligible to enroll with WIC if they are Erie City or County residents, and members of families which meet WIC income guidelines for family size, as listed in the income guidelines below:

WIC INCOME GUIDELINES:
Effective Date:
July 1, 2018 (Gross Income)
Family
Size:
*Monthly Approximate Annually:
1
$1,871 $22,459
2
$2,537 $30,451
3
$3,203 $38,443
4
$3,869 $46,435
5
$4,535 $54,427
6
$5,201 $62,419
7
$5,867 $70,411
8
$6,533 $78,403
For each additional family member, add:
  $666 $7,992
WELFARE INCOME GUIDELINES:
Family
Size:
185% HB &HBP Annually
1 $21,590
2 $29,101
3 $36,612
4 $44,123
5 $51,634
6 $59,145
7 $66,656
8 $74,167
For each additional family member, add:
  $7,511

 

For each unborn infant, add one to household size. Foster children under age 5 are eligible. Foster parent income is not considered. Children under age 5 with an ACCESS card are eligible for WIC, regardless of parental income. MA, TANF, and SNAP (food stamp) clients are eligible, but are requested to provide income. WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status. PA WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Effective Date: July 1, 2018. Income eligibility standards are effective for certifying all applicants, and for recertifying current participants at the time of their next certification on or after July 1, 2018. The expected number of babies is counted in the family size for WIC and Medical Assistance (MA). Current income guidelines for Health Beginnings (HB) and Healthy Beginnings Plus (HBP), are also listed. refer potentially eligible individuals to these programs. *Please note the Quick WIC will only take into account the annual figure when calculating income and the monthly figure is just an approximate.

What is WIC’s goal and mission and why?

The United Neighborhood Facilities Health Care Corporations’ Erie County WIC Program’s Mission is in tandem with that of the Pennsylvania WIC Program.

Our Mission, then, is to “improve the health and well-being of eligible pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children to the age of 5.

We address that mission by “providing nutrition education breastfeeding support, healthy foods and referrals to other health and social resources in the community - during the critical stages of fetal and early childhood development.”

Our Mission, then inspires us to promote and welcome networking with many sister human service agencies in Erie County and Crawford County - so that all families enduring economic and social hardship can access help in a timely, efficient manner.

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WIC is a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Health with funds from the United States Department of Agriculture. WIC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Erie County WIC
1720 Holland Street, Erie PA
Ph: 814-453-5747 ext 247| Fax:814-456-8865 | E-mail Us | Contact Us

 

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